Susan Hughes - Author
Award-winning author Susan Hughes has written over thirty books --- both fiction and nonfiction --- for children of all ages, including Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs, Earth to Audrey, Island Horse, Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science and No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure. She is also a freelance editor and writing coach.
When she was a child, Susan grew up on a very special street in Toronto, where the neighbors were like one big family. Parents planned events and street parties, and the kids of all ages played together, especially during the long summer days and evenings. Susan still enjoys getting together with these important childhood friends. And in recent years, Susan has been fortunate enough to make her home on other special streets with wonderful neighbors.
Susan has always loved writing. When she was in grades five and six, she and several friends had a writing club. They would gather with their poems and stories and read them aloud to one another. After finishing high school, Susan studied English literature at the University of Toronto. During the summer and after graduation, she worked for a short time at a children's publishing house. Then she began doing freelance editing work, mainly for educational publishers, and also writing commissioned articles and stories, while also working on her own story ideas.
Today, Susan lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, in a house with a big red door. She continues to enjoy freelance editing and commissioned writing, as well as story coaching and critiquing manuscripts. And of course, she loves writing her own stories --- from picture books, middle-grade novels and graphic novels to nonfiction and young adult novels!